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Declan Rice lays into VAR in furious rant after controversially disallowed equaliser against Sheffield Untied: ‘Football shouldn’t be like that’

An emotional Declan Rice ripped into VAR after West Ham had a late equaliser controversially ruled out during their 1-0 defeat at Sheffield United.

Robert Snodgrass thought he earned a valuable point for the Hammers in injury time before VAR spotted a handball from Rice in the build-up.

Declan Rice was penalised by VAR in injury-time for an unintentional handball

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Declan Rice was penalised by VAR in injury-time for an unintentional handball

There was little Rice could do to prevent the ball striking his arm from point-blank range, but the law states that any goal scored or created with the use of the hand or arm will be chalked off, even if it is accidental.

Blades fans inside Bramall Lane greeted the decision like a last-minute winner for their side, which it effectively was, and Rice insists that’s not how it should be.

“I just can’t get over it. I’ve not intentionally meant to handball the ball,” said the England international on Sky Sports.

The ball struck Rice from point-blank range

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The ball struck Rice from point-blank range

“I don’t think it’s just me, I think it’s the thoughts of every Premier League player – I don’t think pretty much anyone wants to have VAR in the game,” he added on Sky Sports.

“There have been so many decisions this season that have been absolutely crazy.

“They (Sheffield United) are celebrating VAR like it’s a goal, football shouldn’t be like that. The emotion there the West Ham fans showed when we’ve equalised late, that’s real emotion. They’re celebrating VAR.”

He added on Twitter: “He’s headed the ball onto my arm?! where am I supposed to put it if I’m in a running motion? Really don’t get it, gutted.”


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